Posts Tagged ‘Advice’

What matters to your character: the value of the shameful secret

We’ve all made mistakes, done things that we regret, mourn missed opportunities. We all have shameful little secrets that we would not want to have exposed, usually deriving from our childhood or youth – but sometimes from later in life. This is actually a sign of maturity and moral growth in the individual by virtue […]

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The Acceptable Favoritism: 34 ‘Rules’ to make your players’ PCs their favorites

With contributions from Ian Mackinder, Ian Gray, Steven Beekon, Saxon Brenton, & Blair Ramage This article has been sitting around in my to-do stack for a little over three years. I simply never got around to finishing it – until now. I do find myself wondering if the additional experience has given the contributors any […]

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Ensemble or Star Vehicle – Which is Your RPG Campaign?

For some time now, I’ve been aware of a subtle difference between the advice being dispensed here at Campaign Mastery and what really happened in the games that I run. At first, I wasn’t entirely sure that my perception was accurate; I couldn’t put my finger on exactly what the differences were, indicating that it […]

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Living in an RPG: The Accumulation Of Mundane Events

For obvious reasons, I’ve been in a very introspective frame of mind in recent weeks. It occurred to me today that my life has now changed almost comp-letely from where I was ten years ago. Ten years ago, my primary occupation was as a bookkeeper. I hadn’t worked for a few years, but was still […]

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The Power Of Synergy: Maximizing Character Efficiency

One of my regular players and an occasional contributor here at Campaign Mastery, Ian Gray, has a simple philosophy when it comes to rewards – never ask for +5 when five +1′s will do. The Judo Of Wishes It’s a philosophy that has developed from his experiences with Rings Of Three Wishes and similar items. […]

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With The Right Seasoning: Beyond Simple Names

This entry is part 4 in the series A Good Name Is Hard To Find

This entry is part 4 in the series A Good Name Is Hard To Find Welcome to “part 3a” of this series on names and naming things – and finding the right choice. Today’s post was actually intended to be part of the previous entry in the series, but the subjects of Mononyms (got it […]

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Sugar, Spice, and a touch of Rhubarb: That’s what little names are made of

This entry is part 3 in the series A Good Name Is Hard To Find

This entry is part 3 in the series A Good Name Is Hard To FindThis is the third part of this series on character names. Part 1 discussed the value of a good name, and examined the attributes and benefits that characterized a good choice of name. In Part 2, I explored “Name Seeds”, the […]

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The Wellspring Of Euonyms: Name Seeds

This entry is part 2 in the series A Good Name Is Hard To Find

This entry is part 2 in the series A Good Name Is Hard To FindWow. I just realised this is the 351st post here at Campaign Mastery! A quick thank-you to everyone who has contributed, participated, commented, or read our stuff along the way! I also want to spare a moment to mention the people […]

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A Good Name Is Hard To Find

This entry is part 1 in the series A Good Name Is Hard To Find

This entry is part 1 in the series A Good Name Is Hard To Find Introduction Let’s talk about the art of naming characters, especially NPCs. This is one of the (thankfully few) aspects of the GMing craft that doesn’t come naturally to me. I can usually get there in the end, but off-the-cuff names […]

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Taking everyman skills to the next level: The Absence of an Alibi

Introduction to ‘Everyman Skills’ As GMs develop in experience, and begin to develop their campaign worlds more extensively, they generally arrive at the idea of everyman skills. Typically, this idea will first emerge in a modern-setting campaign, or future-tech campaign, though this is becoming less true all the time. The idea is that characters, by […]

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Gaming With The Family – Lessons from yesteryear

Today I’m going on a journey a long way down memory lane, in support of the Kids In Gaming initiative at RPGNow. Specifically, I am trying to remember what it was like GMing for my brothers Paul and David. It must have been around 1981, which means that David would have been about 15, and […]

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October Blog Carnival Wrap-up: A cavalcade of posts about goodies

Well, it’s that time of the month when, following a Blog Carnival, the hosting site compiles a list of the blogs posted on their chosen subject and officially passes the baton on to the next host. Hold on a minute – this month the person that has to do that is me! I guess I […]

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